Nothing is quite as disconcerting for end users than an application performance problem. Long ago, Jakob Nielson conclusively demonstrated that that optimal response time to ensure a great application experience is 0.1 seconds. If application response times approach one second, the user's attention starts to waver. After ten seconds, the user simply stops using the application altogether. More recent research from Google shows that even a half a second delay when requesting web page can result in a 20 percent decline in Web traffic. Clearly, end users are unforgiving when it comes to application performance.
The challenge development teams face is that as applications become more complex finding the root cause of any application performance issue can be quite daunting. Determining which component of an application is at fault can take weeks, especially if the decline in application performance is occurring on an intermittent basis.
The Application Performance Monitor (APM) cloud service from Mendix makes it much simpler to discover and diagnose performance issues affecting low-code applications long before most end user ever encounter them. Development teams can pinpoint performance issues as the earliest stages of the application development process. Not only does that provide peace of mind for the development team, the APM module makes certain developers have the time they need to write new code instead of wasting time tracking down hidden bugs in existing production applications.
APM is a cloud service that is optimized specifically for the Mendix development model. That makes it possible for developers to analyze the applications they build using the Mendix low-code platform ay the deepest level possible. No other APM tool can match this. Best of all, APM analyzes all activities in the application, including underlying functions and user behavior, in the background.
The alternative to employing an APM tool is nothing short of painful. Development teams need to design test cases. To find out the cause of the problems, they will have to search the code manually. Developers then need to spend a lot of time reviewing runtime logs as they try to replicate an issue. That often fails because the developers will have to wait until the time when the problem occurs again with the user.
Organizations that rely on this approach are inherently reactive. They can only try to address an issue once an end user makes a complaint to the help desk. That approach generates a lot of pressure for all concerned. In contrast, organizations that make use of APM tools are proactive. Most issues wind up being surfaced long before the application ever gets deployed, while other issues are identified before most end users are even aware of the problem.
The primary benefits of an APM tool can specifically be defined are as follows:
APM is designed to be used by both Mendix Developers and the teams that support their applications before, during and after an application is being built and deployed. When it comes to staying ahead of potential Mendix application performance issues, there simply is no substitute.
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